High Definition Optical Discs (Blu-ray and HD DVD)

May 31 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - May 31, 2011

I was really tempted to pick "Drive Angry" as my pick...and then I watched it, so that was the easiest decision in my life--it feels like Nic Cage is becoming the new Segal, just going from one weird action movie to the next. This one was just boring throughout IMO. Outside of "American Graffiti" there's not much else that had a chance to compete for the pick. I suppose we could recommend "Legend" with a boy Tom Cruise and some mythical creatures...I haven't seen it in 20 years so didn't feel right recommending it.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 

If you have never watched a single Kubrick film, then you have missed out on some very unique experiences. His movies are quite out there, and with the exception of his truly worst film in "Eyes Wide Shut," every other movie in this collection is a must-watch. From the legendary Full Metal Jacket, to Jack Nicholson in The Shining, to Lolita, Spartacus and 2001:A Space Odyssey, his films were really magnificent. And if you have or have not ever seen them, you should really check out the collection--just be prepared for some not so normal stuff.


May 27 2011

News - Blockbuster FINALLY Realizes 99-Cent Rentals

It only took the company going bankrupt, almost disappearing, and getting bought out by Dish, to FINALLY wake up and smell the coffee that people will not pay $5 to rent the same movie they can rent for $1 ANYWHERE ELSE! Kudos to the Dish management for making this happen quickly, it may very well save what's left of the B&M stores. Is it too little too late though?

Blockbuster LLC, which is owned by Dish Network Corp., May 27 said it is cutting the single-day rental price on most movie titles to 99 cents – the same fee charged by kiosks.

Beginning today at 1,700 Blockbuster locations, consumers can rent select new releases for $2.99 ($1.99 for other new releases) on street date for the first night and 99 cents per day thereafter.

Blockbuster typically charged $3.99 to $4.99 for new releases (on street date) for five-day rental periods. The new pricing is designed to encourage single-day rentals, which of course improves in-store title availability.

HomeMediaMag

May 24 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - May 24, 2011

Sheesh, what a tough week. I will mention Platoon, which is one of the best Vietnam war movies ever made, I really wanted to make it my pick but figured I should stick to something a bit more recent. But if you have never seen it, what a better way than on its new Blu-ray release.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 

I went into this movie with absolutely zero expectations, and for that I think it did a good job. The special effects are good and the acting is definitely tolerable. Not sure how well the plot holds up compared to some other superhero movies, but I was entertained throughout which is really all you can ask for with this type of movie. I still think the title is absolutely awful FWIW.


May 17 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - May 17, 2011

Decent week of movies this week, actually a fair amount of new ones. Don't be confused by the B-movie rip-off of Thor, it's not the real one. The Roomate was absolutely horrendous and I like thrillers. As much as I enjoyed Anthony Hopkins in the real Thor, I couldn't stand The Rite as it was basically an Exorcist knockoff.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

  

It's Jason Statham...in an action movie! I know, hold your breath in shock there for a bit. But as usual it's an entertaining ride, and there are some creative ways things are exploded. The plot is simple as usual, Statham plays an assassin who has to deal with double and triple crosses and is nearing his retirement and dealing with things. Lots of great chases and fight scenes make this a fun ride for your home theater and surround sound setup.


May 09 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - May 10, 2011

Finally we have a week with lots of good options! I know I'm going to get a ton of grief for not choosing the fantastic Alien Anthology, which was a very close second for the pick. Butch Cassidy is an all time classic western which was entertaining even in present day. Some Like it Hot, another classic older film featuring Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon was absolutely hilarious. No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher was pretty amusing as well albeit predictable.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

  

Before he was Batman, Christan Bale was awesome in this exciting sci-fi futuristic action film. Along with Taye Diggs the two play a futuristic cops where all sorts of human characteristics are outlawed and feelings are basically not allowed. Of course things take a turn and you get to see some pretty awesome fight sequences. The movie did not get a lot of publicity but definitely has a cult reputation. Amazon says it's a combination of Matrix with Minority Report...only Christian Bale can beat up Keanu and Tom!


May 09 2011

News - Best Buy Offers Blu-ray Discounts With DVD Trade-ins

If you have a bunch of DVDs laying around and don't want to sell them elsewhere, this actually sounds like a good deal. Just don't try to remember how much you paid for these movies originally...unless it was via Colombia House, in which case I'm sure you saved a lot.

Consumers can bring up to five DVD titles per store visit for a total of $25 in discount vouchers. The $5 discount exceeds rebates typically offered via buy-sell-trade retailers such as Second Spin, Blockbuster and Amoeba Music, excluding box sets and complete TV series.

HomeMediaMag

May 06 2011

News - Best 2011 Blu-ray Player for Netflix

Here's a nifty little roundup of some Blu-ray players specifically in regards to their abilities in streaming Netflix content.

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Each costing under $200, all three players have a plethora of features. In addition to Netflix, all of them have a different mix of other streaming options such as VUDU, Amazon Instant, CinemaNow, Youtube and Major League Baseball. The LG and Panasonic players have 3D capabilities while the Samsung has its own app store. This post will focus only on their Netflix experience.

Tech of the Hub

May 03 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - May 3, 2011

These weeks are killing me! Half of these titles I did not even recognize, and while my heart really wanted to pick From Dusk Til Dawn, a classic Robert Rodriguez film featuring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, where the plot is literally these bank robbers who go to a bar in Mexico that basically ends up being full of Vampires. It's a blast of a ride. I hadn't heard of The Yards, with Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix, but sounds OK.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

  

If you like Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, then you'll have a better chance of enjoying this odd choice for a comedy. I say odd choice, because the "Dilemma" in the film is that Vaughn catches his best friend James' wife is having an affair, so he's debating if and how he should tell them. How can that not sound hilarious, right?! It actually had a few good laughs, but this is not exactly a classic.


Apr 25 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - April 26, 2011

I know the list of movies here is long, but at a closer look there's almost nothing new that actually stands out. The Queen was supposed to be great with Helen Mirren, and while she was hilarious on SNL, I haven't seen it yet. Lots of good kung-fu releases for you fans, and lots of re-issues on Blu-ray.

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 

Given the lack of anything new, I decided to go with a classic film from 2002 featuring Leonardo Dicaprio, Cameron Diaz, and most notably Daniel Day Lewis, who I'm pretty sure won an Oscar for his performance. The film is set in the 19th century New York streets where gangs fight for turf and control. It's a great movie if you haven't seen it yet.


Apr 19 2011

News - Blu-ray Releases - April 19, 2011

Another week of not a lot of super star picks here. If you like kung fu, Ip Man 2 I've heard many good things about. Street Kings 2 has Ray Liotta in it...he was in Goodfellas, so that has to count for something right? Eh...onto the easiest pick of the week EVER...

MissingRemote's Pick of the Week

 

Unless you've been asleep for the last 6 months you have surely heard of The King's Speech, which won FOUR Oscars out of Twelve nominations. And honestly, it deserved it. The film is very enjoyable as it covers the rise of Prince Albert and his issue with public speeching, as he's aided by a speech assistant played by Geoffrey Rush. Helena Bonham Carter is also her typical enjoyable self, and the movie is wonderful all around. Not my typical film but it's definitely a must-see!


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